‘Tickling Giants’ premieres July 6 | The Daily Courier – Arizona News

‘Tickling Giants’ premieres July 6 | The Daily Courier – Arizona News

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Dubbed “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode.

The Sedona International Film Festival is presenting a one-night only special premiere of the award-winning new documentary “Tickling Giants” on Thursday, July 6. There will be one show only at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that’s every mother’s worst nightmare: He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian.

Dubbed “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged two million viewers.

In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes.

As Bassem attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe, and not get arrested, he continues to let those in power know they’re being held accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at Al Bernameg employ comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion.

“Tickling Giants” follows the team of Al Bernameg as they…

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